Qualcomm Launches New Chip for 5G Smartphones

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Qualcomm reveals that as many as 18 smartphone makers have signed up for using its chips in their 5G devices next year

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Qualcomm has launched a new chip for smartphones to connect to 5G wireless data networks that can provide mobile data speeds of up to 50 or 100 times faster than the 4G network. Snapdragon 855 is a modem for the 5G smartphones and will be available in the US market in 2019.

Enables computer vision

The chip supplier has claimed that the modem will enable a computer vision processor that will help smartphones recognise who and what the user is capturing. Alex Katouzian, Qualcomm, has also said that the chip will boost the gaming and augmented reality experiences.

Qualcomm says that Snapdragon 855 will support multi-gigabit download speeds on the 5G network and will provide up to three times the AI performance compared to the previous generation mobile platform.

To power Samsung’s 5G smartphones

The mobile phone chips provider will be powering the co-developed 5G smartphones by Samsung and Verizon. Nicki Palmer, Chief Network Engineering officer, Verizon, said that the company’s collaboration with Qualcomm had helped Verizon in making the 5G dream a reality for consumers.

The telecom industry worldwide has been betting huge on the upcoming 5G technology. It is expected that 5G will be a big boost to the overall smartphone market. Qualcomm said that around 18 device makers have signed up to use its chips in their 5G devices next year. It will use sub- 6 gigahertz airwave and millimetre wave frequencies to deliver 5G.

Telecom and smartphone makers worldwide have joined to co-work on 5G devices and networks. Telecom operator Sprint has partnered with LG to launch 5G smartphones. Lenovo is also working on manufacturing 5G phones.